When you are new to the job market or haven’t applied for an internship, or apprenticeship role before, it can be difficult to know where to start. It can be hard to figure out which route you want to take to develop your career. Self-belief and confidence are key to putting your best foot forward and setting yourself up with the greatest chance to land your dream role at an organisation that you love. So, here are some things to consider when approaching your dream company about an opportunity.

Beginning your career journey

When you are getting ready to apply for an apprenticeship or internship opportunities, it is important to identify which businesses you want to work for. This can be based on a number of factors. For example, business products, offerings, values, company culture, or learning opportunities. No two companies are the same, which is why it is important to identify your key motivators before attending an interview. 
You should formulate a list of employers that you would like to work for and research them extensively to make sure they are aligned with your core values, skills, and interests. After you have recognised which businesses you would like to work for, you should then begin looking through their opportunities and get in touch with the correct hiring manager or recruiter to submit your CV. 

Mapping your core values and skills

If you are someone who is learning something new, you are at a great advantage. You can pick a suitable business that aligns perfectly with your goals and aspirations in your field. Even if you don’t have extensive experience in that industry, you need to pinpoint what you would like to learn and the industry that would best allow you the opportunity to excel. You should research the types of industries and businesses that best suit your current skill set, and that could help you to develop your skills further for future opportunities. 
Practical tips for your job search
Before approaching your dream company, it is no question that you will have to do some background research. Here are some of our top tips for you to follow when beginning your job search and approaching the company of your dreams.

1. Connect on social media

It is crucial to connect with the businesses you are interested in on social media. This is where they share their most recent opportunities, any new campaigns, and general company updates. This will ensure you are kept up-to-date with the businesses developments, which you can then use to your advantage throughout the interview stages.

2. Audit your own social media accounts

It is important that you portray yourself well online, as it is very common for businesses to look through social media channels when considering candidates for roles. Make sure nothing inappropriate is on your social media accounts before applying to any job as this could work against you. 

3. Connect with a recruiter

Recruiters are there to help you prepare for and win your perfect job. They will ensure your CV is seen by the right people, and quickly. Connect with us at Page Talent and Michael Page to see what new opportunities we have available for you.

4. Put yourself out there

When you are conducting your job search, it is very important to be forthcoming and confident in your approach. Don’t be shy, once you have sent in your application get in touch with that company to talk about the opportunities that they have in more detail. If you have any questions, send them via email as this will reiterate your keen interest in the role.

If you are interested in looking for new apprenticeship opportunities, search our latest vacancies today. Alternatively, browse our bank of career advice content to help you prepare for an interview and excel in your career.


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